Gopal and Weinberg condemn hot mess chicken cartoon, silent on District 4 Coalition For Change hate posts
The Asbury Park Press has done an admirable job for most of this year focusing on New Jersey’s ridiculously high taxes, but as we are about to enter election season, the media outlet is apparently trying to help reelect liberal special interest puppets, Eric Houghtailing and Joann Downey, to the State Assembly.
In a recommended website post promotion on Friday evening, that remains on the site this morning, app depicts Ocean Township Deputy Mayor Rob Acerra, one of Houghtailing and Downey’s Republican opponents, as a chicken and asks if he is sexist.
The content of the promoted story is ridiculous.
A facebok account in Acerra’s name allegedly posted a facebook provided cartoon of a hot mess chicken as a comment on Houghtailing and Downey’s campaign page on the social media outlet. The comment was allegedly posted on a promotion of Houghtaling and Downey’s Womens’ Equality Day event. The app reporter stated, as fact, that the post came from Acerra’s account. However, the reporter did not include a screen grab of the comment in the article. Acerra said he didn’t make the post, that he wasn’t on facebook at the time of the post and that he did not see how it was possible that he made the post accidentally.
Houghtailing and Downey quickly issued a joint prepared statement condemning the as sexist. Their state Senate running mate, Vin Gopal issued a strongly worded statement claiming he would not stand for such sexism on the campaign trail,
“Rob Acerra’s Facebook post is unacceptable and should be condemned. Sexism should have no place in our state and I will not stand for it on the campaign trail.”
Even NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg weighed in with a prepared statement denouncing “Acerra’s” post,
“For centuries, women and men have worked tirelessly to promote women’s equality and yet, nearly 100 years following the ratification of the 19th Amendment, sexism still runs rampant across our country. Today, we were saddened and frustrated to see such an obvious example of this discrimination directed at efforts by Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Houghtaling to honor women’s equality. Sexism should have no place in our country, state, or community, and it is completely unacceptable to allow it from someone seeking the chance to represent our families. We stand strong in denouncing Rob Acerra’s blatant display of sexism and we hope we are joined by leaders across party lines.”
Gopal, Weinberg, Houghtailing and Downey all quickly condemned Acerra for a post he says he didn’t make, yet each of them have been silent about the hateful depictions of police officers as Nazis, Mother Theresa as a sadist and women who vote Republican as stupid posted by District 4 Coalition for Change, the hate group that is supporting Monmouth County Democrats.
Acerra shared his facebook activity log for Friday with MMM. There are no comments on Houghtaling and Downey’s campaign page in the log.
Acerra is not a chicken or a sexist. It took courage and fortitude to agree to be Jennifer Beck’s running mate.
The District 11 Republicans who turned Beck down to run against Houghtaling and Downey are chickens. Especially considering the millions in NJEA money spent on Houghtaling and Downey’s behalf to falsely depict former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini as corrupt in 2015.
The idea that a sexist man would agree to run with Jennifer Beck is ludicrous.
UPDATE 4:40 pm 8/27/17
Since this story posted this morning, app.com has removed the photo of Acerra from it’s promotions cue and replaced it with a photo of facebook emojis.